Lead your team

I heard you might want to go out and live life. That is fantastic. The one thing you must remember, though, is that you cannot phone it in. If you are going to go and live life, it is you who has to go and live it.

We all want to do things. And yet, there is a crucial question to entertain. How many times do we want to do something?  And how many times do we want those things done for us? We all look good, taking credit for a job done well. To do so, we have to work for whatever we are getting recognition. That is so easy to forget in these days of hiring an $80 ghostwriter or a $10 an hour virtual assistant that we tell what we want, and they set it up for us.

Don’t get me wrong it’s great to have assistance whenever you are working on large projects. Useful assistants are worth their weight in gold. They will help you, and they will do for you, and even tell you when you’re getting off track. But you can’t hand the project to them and ask them to let you know when they complete it. You need to provide the leadership and guide the teamwork to make the things you do great.

Having an assistant does not mean that you get to kick back and relax. Having an assistant means that you can get twice the work done. And of course, with twice the work completed, twice the reward could easily roll in. These are just some things to consider.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Stay Strong

They say that this week will be one of the hardest and saddest for America.  And that well may be.  We need to keep our faculties about us and understand that we need to be stable and supportive.  There are some things we must keep in mind.

We did not cause the pandemic that we face today.  And we could not have stopped it either.  If anyone could have seen this happening before its initial outbreak, then someone would also be winning the power ball each week.  The truth is no one can accurately see the future.

Many will want to blame, and yet there is no one here on which to pin the blame. There will be time to ponder what-ifs later.  That is for another talk.  This week we have better things we need to be doing. 

We may lose some good folks this week.  We need to remember them.  Think of the good those leaving us may have done, and how much better someone’s life was because they made it so.  I always pray their good deeds remain not forgotten and that they find themselves welcomed wherever they go from here.

I know the fight we face right now to save who we can, will be hard and painful.  I know the odds seem stacked against us.  Yet, I believe we will do the best we can and put our full mental and emotional weight behind the brave angels who fill our medical battlefields and tend to the sick and terminal.

We need to stay strong for those in the heat of battle. We need to believe that miracles, although rare, are never impossible.  We also must care for our needs and those around us, so we are ready if needed.

We have faced hardships before, that is how most of our countries came to be what they are today.  The pandemic is one more hardship that we face and will be better because we refused to let it beat us.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Knowing What Is Needed

When bad things happen, the first action to be taken is the preservation of life.  This is the most important.  Stop the gunfire, get the drunk driver off the street, or isolate the plague victims until they are no longer contagious.  When that is accomplished, we cannot end there. We need to move on to step two.

We need to understand what happened and why it occurred so that we can make changes to ensure the same thing cannot happen again.  These changes can not only be defensive in nature. Arming the congregation does not solve the problem, it just puts more shooters in a confined space. We need to remedy the root of the problem and fix whatever is causing these dangerous outbursts to happen.

Most of the problems that cause misery are not new, not isolated, and will not be easy to fix.  The act of going to the moon is hard.  So is trying to fix the problems we face on earth. We went to the moon because we desired to go.  We can fix the issues on earth if we want to. 

 We need to find ways to fix our problems here on earth.  We need to help all to learn, understand, and find new ways to abolish the underlying issues.  We can only succeed if we work together as one.  I am not writing this to give you a few moments of pleasurable reading.  I am asking for your ideas and help.  How do we do this?  Please comment and tell me your ideas and thoughts.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

You Are A Leader

Wherever you are in life, you are following some people, and you are leading many others. It doesn’t matter if you are the head of the company or a runner in the Shipping Department. You may not realize this, but you were doing this your whole life. And, you will probably always hold a leadership role Throughout your life.

The reason that you hold this leadership role is that we all look up to those above us.  Three-year-old’s look up to six-year old’s For informal guidance based on what the six-year-old is doing. The six-year-old is looking at the 12-year old, and the 12-year old is looking at other role models that are now in high school. Don’t look for an organizational chart on this, it is all informal behavior.

The same thing happens in any organization. The new hires look at those who they work with and have been with the organization longer. Supervisors look for managers and other supervisors who have more seniority. And so on and so on all way up and even into the board room.

You are a leader, whether you want to be or not. The question becomes, what are you teaching those who are watching you? An excellent issue because no matter what you do, you’re teaching them something. Are you going to teach them things, ideas, and techniques that will help them grow and do well? Or are you going to show him what may be wrong actions that will get them in trouble?  

Consider this. Every time you sneak off during afternoon shop cleaning, you are teaching them that they can do the same. When you or half an hour late getting back from lunch, you’re telling them that that’s OK. When you are sloppy at work habits, they figured that’s OK for them. No matter who you or where you are, or what you are doing, someone is learning.

If you were to stay during the Friday afternoon cleaning and talk about team and togetherness and we’re all in it together what do you think you’d be teaching those who are looking up to you? When you do the right thing even if it affects you a little in the wrong way, you’re teaching them to stay true to the tenets of the teams’ core beliefs. When you go out of your way to do something good for someone, it is noticed, and because you did it, the good deed may be repeated time and time again and passed down from team to team.

You need to consider these things as you think and act. After all, you’re not just acting for yourself you’re working for all those who look up to and follow you whether you’re in a position of authority or not. What are you going to be teaching those who follow you?

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Leadership

Some people like to work from the bowels of the industry. They want to stay anonymous deep within the machine. And that is okay because no company can go anywhere unless you have good people doing good things whether they stand on the bridge or in the boiler room.

Some people cannot think of working anyplace else except on the bridge. Being there to make the decisions and guide the course of the company. And that too is okay because you need good people willing to make hard decisions for the betterment of the company and to best help those who work there.

The question is not where you work. Instead, the question should be what you bring to the table. Are you there to grab a paycheck and be left alone, or are you there to give it your all and help your company to the next level. There are a lot of people willing to take a paycheck and yet give only minimum work performance in return. The problem is found with minimum or average work performance the company stutters and falls. Upper management looks around, realizes that the product is good and decides to move someplace with better labor performance.

I have heard that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The company is only as good as its poorest performer. In a case like this, you cannot look around and point at other people and say it’s his fault, or her fault, or their fault. You have to look in the mirror and make sure it’s not your fault. And then you go forth to put out your best efforts.

This is not pointing fingers at others. This is not ignoring them either. After you look in the mirror and go forth, you are providing leadership. And leadership is good no matter what level it comes from.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

The Leader Within

Have you ever been working a project and somewhere towards the latter middle stage it starts to stagnate? This happens to many people, including myself. The significant action is to move past the lull, and forward with the project.

At times, and for many reasons, moving forward through a lull is hard to accomplish. And many times, having a project slow down can cause it to be shelved for months or even years. Many great projects, once slowed down and tied up in red tape, falter and fail. Not because they weren’t fantastic ideas, because they lost the momentum to find completion.

This is where real leadership stands out and does its best. It takes a real leader to understand the value of a project, and the return on investment the project can bring back to the business. A real leader can often spot the concerns which would bog down a plan and take steps to prevent the slow down before it occurs.

Now, I have a secret nugget of wisdom for you. There is a real leader within each and every one of us. The leader is there waiting to be encouraged and brought forward. The real leader will put the need of the project, and the needs of the people ahead of the fear of standing out or being noticed. The real leader is not as worried about ridicule or words sent her or his way,  as much as she or he cares about positive outcomes.

You hear many people say that the idea is great, only they can’t do it. Most people, though, will be able to encourage others and keep the project moving if they just try.

It takes courage the first time you stand to lead because you haven’t done it before. And yet, the more you do it, the easier it can become, and the more people will look up to you as the ‘can-do’ person.

Do not go out and look for a stalled project that you can elbow your way into. Just keep your eyes open and work your projects as they come up. If you keep them rolling on a positive track, people will sit up and notice.

Thanks for reading today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.